"This book describes ... warfighting. It is the Marine Corps' doctrine and, as such, provides the authoritative basis for how we fight and how we prepare to fight ... Chapter 1 describes our understanding of the characteristics, problems, and demands of war. Chapter 2 derives a theory about war based on that understanding. This theory in turn provides the foundation for how we prepare for war and how we wage war, chapters 3 and 4 respectively ... [I]t provides broad guidance in the form of concepts and values. It requires judgment in application." -- page [i]
1. The nature of war. War defined ; Friction ; Uncertainty ; Fluidity ; Disorder ; The human dimension ; Violence and danger ; Moral and physical forces ; The evolution of war ; Art and science of war -- 2. The theory of war. War as an instrument of conflict ; Levels of war ; Offense and defense ; Styles of warfare ; Combat power ; Concentration and speed ; Surprise and boldness ; Exploiting vulnerability and opportunity -- 3. Preparing for war. Planning ; Organization ; Doctrine ; Leadership ; Training ; Professional military eduction ; Equipping -- 4. The conduct of war. The challenge ; Maneuver warfare ; Philosophy of command ; Shaping the battle ; Decision making ; Mission tactics ; Commander's intent ; Focus of effort ; Surfaces and gaps ; Combined arms
[iv], 88 p. ; 21 cm
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